The Nature of Mediterranean Europe: An Ecological History

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Yale University Press, 2003 - History - 384 pages
This large volume draws on evidence from fieldwork, historical records, archaeology, pollen analysis and recent research in discussing the ecology of Mediterranean Europe from the past to the present day. Grove and Rackham provide clear explanations and discussions of different ecosystems, of ruined landscapes, climate fluctuations and vegetation change, the impact of fire, terracing, agriculture and man's changing subsistence strategies, of coastal erosion and deforestation. A highly readable book, packed full of information, which also assesses the pessimistic view that many people hold over the future of the landscape and environment.
 

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Contents

Acknomledgements
6
Present Climate and Weather
32
IO Vegetation in Prehistory
151
Natural Vegetation in Historic Times
167
Trees mithout Forests
190
Misfortune or Adaptation?
217
I4 Current Erosion and its Measurement
241
I5 Badlands
271
Climate Weather or ManMade?
288
EuroDeserts and Karst
312
Deltas and Soft Coasts
328
I9 OverUse of GroundWater
351
mhat to do about it?
361
Index
372
Picture Credits
384
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